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Final Feasts of a Fabulous Year

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Final Feasts of a Fabulous Year

During the last days of the last month of the last year of an interesting decade, we reflect on how much we have to be thankful for at Snug Harbor Farm. Our focus and fantasies have drifted towards and around food in 2019. We are so fortunate to have spent this past year growing and cooking and sharing the bounty of our labors. Finding beauty and delight in the delicious collaborations, we are topping off the season in the company of the best employees and the most gracious of guests. Stop by for the final feast this Friday!

Our own elves are preparing their delicious treats from recipes found in the treasure trove of GREAT cookbooks now available in the shop. Sample and shop in the happy company of Prelude People.

In support of all this feasting, we also are so grateful for the creative spirit that decorates the doors, the rooms and the tabletops that support the feasting! Our offering of seasonal workshops have sold out almost as soon as they are posted. We have one more on the calendar that has space available (hard to believe but true). This could be the best of the season for so many reasons. Sign up while there’s space.

Thanking each and every one of you for the mad love and appreciation you shower us with on a daily basis! You make the hard work of running the farm a true joy. Lots of exciting stuff is falling into place for 2020 to keep giving back all that you share with us.

It’s November!

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November on the Farm

It’s November and the light is shifting.

We have entered the darkened corridor of November, so it’s more important than ever to think happy thoughts and make plans for the festivities that lie ahead. When things get scary we love to decorate and plan feasts to distract from the impending doom. We, at Snug Harbor Farm, are hoping to provide the best distraction with a number of upcoming workshops.

Dead ahead we have our first Tillandsia workshop that will explore the care and feeding of your air plant collection, as well as artful ideas about how to display them. This class of plant has been getting lots of attention on the farm and will take place at 1pm on November 9th.

That workshop will be followed by our annual Thanksgiving centerpiece workshop. This year we are fascinated by the tradition of della Robbia style containers that incorporate fruits and vegetables into luscious compositions framed by greens and any other organic material that may capture your fancy. Get ahead of the mad rush of food prep and cooking and get your table set up to delight you in the days leading up to the big event(s). This workshop will take place on Sunday, November 24th at 1pm.

If you are just too busy to build your own this year, we’re so happy to create something beautiful for your table. Place your order here by November 19th for delivery or pick up.

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Getting Ready

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Vanessa Seder

Getting Ready!

The first hard frost has occurred and all precious plantings have been hustled into the greenhouses while the last of the tender seasonal growth has been relegated to the compost heap. More concentration turns towards the indoors and getting organized around the upcoming, ongoing harvest and feasts to be planned around it.

We are hosting a favorite cookbook author, Vanessa Seder, on October 12, to bring us inspiration through demonstration and discussion around her fantastic book Secret Sauces. Come hear and watch while she prepares a seasonal accent and signs this wonderful addition to your cookbook library.

We’re also getting our Thanksgiving on early with staff and collaborators before we dive deep into the holidays. We feel so fortunate to have such a great team and happy community to live in.

Stop by and get excited about fall! Not in the area?  Then visit our website calendar and join our newsletter!

September Sunshine

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Soaking up the Sun

We are now halfway through September and summer is still hanging on with every drop of slowly dwindling sunlight. The crisp nights are prompting a last hurrah in our gardens with abundant blooms of dahlias, zinnias and cosmos. Time to make a plan for all the exterior containers and who will make the cut to move indoors.

Speaking of moving containers inside, check out our upcoming workshop that will address how to renovate your succulent garden for maximum indoor success. You’re welcome to build one from scratch, if you prefer.

cherry tomatoes at Snug Harbor FarmThe lush abundance of our gardens will sustain us through the months ahead until we get that first hard frost. We’ll be planning many meals around the vegetable patch. What has your garden produced that is bringing the most joy to your mealtimes? We’ve been partial to the patty pan squash and cherry tomatoes!

“Everything You Need to Know and a Cup of Joe”

The last of our DIY series, “Everything You Need to Know and a Cup of Joe” will discuss the ins and outs of designing with and planting bulbs. These Sunday garden discussions have been a big hit this summer. We love gathering and sharing our experiences and information with farm friends.

Stop by and get excited about fall! Not in the area?  Then visit our website calendar and join our newsletter!

Getting Back To It

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Getting back to it, August 17

Back to school, back to work, back to the grind…..it’s rapidly approaching. It gives an urgency to every bright, warm hour of daylight in August and gets the wheels turning as to how we prolong the magic of the warmth through the fall.

As we milk up all the beauty we can from our exterior gardens, we start to plan what greenery we’ll surround ourselves with when we move inside. If you’re moving towards a dorm or a new living space or office, you may want a bit of green life in your new place.  We have a new selection of small pots and plants that would be just perfect for your new desk or dorm room.  Snug Harbor Farm has put together a free workshop to get you started on Saturday, August 17 from 1-2:30pm

And speaking of moving indoors, let’s get cooking!

All the hard work on the vegetable gardens really starts to pay off as we harvest from the plants lovingly tended to all summer. There’s a gorgeous new crop of cookbooks in the shop to inspire how you handle all of the deliciousness as you head back to the kitchen.

small plants for dorm rooms
Annie Witte

Annie Witte Art Reception, August 22

We have one more artist appearing at Snug Harbor Farm this summer, Annie Witte, who will bring her beautiful collection of abstracts to the barn. Meet the artist and learn about her process while mingling in the barn.

Annie will also be teaching a workshop on marbleizing paper. It’s a fun process you can apply to so many projects.

Cup of Joe, Sunday, August 18

And for those of you doing battle with critters and varmints that accost your plants on a daily basis, our final summer Cup of Joe / DIY series addresses the best ways to send them packing on Sunday, August 17th.  (Don’t worry, we will have Cup of Joe in the fall… maybe with something stronger in the coffee for the morning chill?)

Looking forward

We are looking forward to the month of August and it’s our hope that it will leave you feeling prepared for the shift occurring in September. There’s lots coming up that brings us joy and inspiration. Check out the whole calendar on out website.

July Enlightenments & Offerings

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Frances Palmer

July Enlightenments & Offerings

One of the most exciting reoccurring events is a visit from our friend, Frances Palmer, with her gorgeous collection of ceramics in tow. It is always inspirational to compose in her vessels, whether it be stems or plant material, cookies or canapés. There’s still some space available in her workshop on July 11th, if you’d like to learn about composition from a master, in both floral design and photography. Students are asked to bring their own phone or camera to work with.

July means warm temperatures that bring out the plein air artists. One of our favorite painters, Beth Rundquist will be holding two workshops at the end of the month: one is about developing your color palette and the other is a plein air painting workshop at our sister property Wardbrook Farm.

Gardens in July are approaching their best. They provide us with so much beauty, inspiration and nourishment. Get out there and enjoy it while you can. Document it so in the dark of winter you can warm your soul and look forward to another season.

Jumping Into June

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June at Snug Harbor Farm

Jumping Into June with so much going on!

We’re kicking off the summer season, welcoming favorite designers of ours from Studio 412 and digs. They will be introducing new work and bringing back some of the classics. All will be available at Snug Harbor Farm throughout the summer season.

In the spirit of dressing up and being festive, we will also be offering a Wearable Flower Workshop to explore how and where to wear flowers. It doesn’t have to be a wedding or a prom (but it might be).

June also marks the start of the summer art calendar at Snug Harbor Farm. We couldn’t be more excited to host the fabulous Kelly Jo Shows and a collection of paintings based on the farm. Her work in Wings, Roots, Paws and Hoofs captures the energy and the life on the farm.

Needless to say our planting season has produced a new crop of perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs. Keeping with the theme, we have brought back some favorites but are always also exploring new terrain. Such is the life of a gardener and a plant lover. Looking forward to your visits and helping you make every corner just a little more beautiful.


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And Speaking About Food

We are focused on food this year at Snug Harbor Farm. In addition to our standard vegetable plant offerings (tomatoes, lettuce, herbs) we’ve brought in some more exotic offerings of papaya, avocado, olives and figs! There’s a luscious line of pestos in the shop by Bella Cucina, as well. So stop by, browse, drink in the sights and smells of our beautiful spaces.

The May showers of lore continue…

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Container workshop at Snug Harbor Farm

The May showers of lore continue throughout New England with very few breaks. They will most definitely produce more and more flowers at some point. Our production greenhouse is chock full of annuals while the farm has received some of the best trees and shrubs we’ve seen in recent memory.

This Sunday morning, May 19th, we’ll launch the first in a series of casual Sunday morning coffees with trade professionals coming in to offer whoever chooses to join, some good advice around different aspects of gardening. Tony Elliott will get the ball rolling with a discussion about garden design and where to start.

With hopes of things warming up a bit, we’ll be hosting a “Build a Flowering Planter” workshop on Saturday, May 25th. Sign up to add some color and life to your step, patio or to honor one you love on Memorial Day weekend.

Exciting new stuff is arriving on a daily basis. You should stop in for some inspiration, if nothing else. Let a smile be your umbrella.

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Celebrate Spring at Snug Harbor Farm!

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spring at Snug Harbor Farm

Celebrate Spring!

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April continues to be a wondrous turning point at Snug Harbor Farm and this year is no exception. The build up to the big Easter Egg Hunt is palpable as we hope the snow has receded and mud dried up enough to provide us with the perfect conditions for an excellent hunt. There are lots of activities planned around the property on Saturday, April 20th besides the big hunt. See the full schedule here.

Before we get to the big weekend we are going to hold a workshop focusing on creating festive head gear, for your next party or Easter Parade! (see above). We love pulling together unconventional materials, working them back to botanical elements for fun, festive, fashionable accents for you to sport around town. You will, too.

The last weekend in the month shifts our focus fully to getting our gardening on! Our obsession with food and feasting translates to vegetable gardening and a Seed Propagating Workshop that will give us all a good jump-start in the right direction. Join us and leave with a tray full of goodies to grow, as we wait for temperatures to rise.

To help refine your own visions of vegetable gardens, we’re bringing in an expert, Matt Mattus, who has published a beautiful book on the subject: Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening. Matt will discuss his top ten revelations made while researching and working on this indispensable guide. This lecture will fill up fast. Reserve a seat while there’s still some space here.

Spring is brimming with possibilities and we’re looking forward to sharing all we can to help make yours the best it can be. See you on the farm!

The Topiaries are shipping!

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topiaries in the green house

Topiaries are shipping!

Spring is doing it’s very best to break through the thick layer of frost and snow here at Snug Harbor Farm. How we really know it’s around the corner, is our collection of topiaries are preparing to ship by this weekend to new homes around the country. So much is percolating under the surface! This year’s crop consists of the classic myrtle and lavender as well as new comers wistringia, curry, santolina and coleus. New growth is sprouting all over the property with the renovated shop, to subtle changes in the barn and new inventory in all five of the greenhouses.

All adding up to one thing: it’s time for a visit. Hope to see you all very soon.

There are many resources on the web for learning more about topiaries.  In fact, Snug Harbor Farm topiaries were featured in Better Homes & Garden.  You can read the online article (BH&G charges a minor fee for archives online) here.

View SNF in Better Homes & Garden